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Stoops “very encouraged” by Josh Paschal’s progress

Could Josh Paschal return to the football field this season? Mark Stoops told reporters today the sophomore defensive end is making tremendous progress following surgery to remove a malignant melanoma from the bottom of his right foot.

“Josh is doing good. He’s doing very, very good. We’re very encouraged by Josh and his recovery and what he’s doing. Maybe I’ll have a nice smile on my face and a good update here in a couple of weeks. We’ll see. He’s getting better.”

After the surgery, Paschal underwent treatment and had to get around using a scooter before upgrading to a walking boot. Two weeks ago, he was able to get rid of the boot and walk around without aid. Now, Stoops says Paschal is running and doing bodyweight exercises.

“The procedure that was done to his foot is healing and that’s what he’s dealing with right now. But he’s doing some light running. He is progressing with some bodyweight stuff right now.”

When Stoops first announced Paschal’s diagnosis back in August, it was hard to imagine he’d be back on a football field this year; if he is healthy enough to go, he could play in four games without losing a year of eligibility. Even if he doesn’t see meaningful minutes, can you imagine the roar if he ran on the field during a bowl game or the SEC Championship?

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5 Comments for Stoops “very encouraged” by Josh Paschal’s progress



  1. TreyTingle
    1:31 pm October 15, 2018 Permalink

    Blitz Baby!! Scary to think how much better the Cats D could be with him in the line up. No rush young man, get healthy. But I would be lying if I wasn’t excited about the thought of him lining up opposite Josh Allen. My goodness there might be a offensive hold on every play lol!



    • ClutchCargo
      1:40 pm October 15, 2018 Permalink

      Or maybe the officials would actually start calling the holds that are already happening on every play.



  2. Wade
    2:15 pm October 15, 2018 Permalink

    I just hope he’s blessed to play again this season or next! See you soon blitz baby!



  3. JASUN74
    2:47 pm October 15, 2018 Permalink

    That’s great news for Josh. I hope he can make a full recovery and get back on track. We’ll see this young man on Sundays in a few years. Best of luck big guy, keep your spirits high and keep thinking positive!!



  4. davis2319
    6:24 pm October 15, 2018 Permalink

    Yeah that is great news. Football aside it is great to hear his everyday health is better! Of course we would love to have him on the field but just glad he is doing better!